Wild Life tour

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Introduction :

Periyar Wildlife Sancturay is one of the largest and most visited wildlife reserves in India, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary occupies 777 square kilometres of the Cardamom Hills region of the Western Ghats.There are plenty of animals like Elephant, sambar, wild pig, Malabar flying squirrel, gaur, stripe-necked mongoose and over 260 species of birds including Nilgiri wood pigeon, blue-winged parakeet, white-bellied tree pie, laughing thrushes and flycatchers. Located close to the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, the park makes a convenient place to break the long journey across the Ghats between Madurai and the coast. It's also a good base for day trips into the Cardamom Hills, with a couple of tea factories, spice plantations, the trailhead for the Sabarimala pilgrimage, and view points and forest waterfalls within striking distance.Periyar lies at cool altitudes (750-1500m), just over 100km east of Kottayam, and centres on a vast artificial lake, created by the British in 1895 to supply water to the drier parts of neighbouring Tamil Nadu, around Madurai.

Best Season :

Open year-round, the best period being December until April, when the dry weather draws animals from the forest to drink at the lakeside.

Travel Information :

The nearest town is Kumily (4 km).

By road : Periyar is connected by bus service from Thiruvananthapuram (271 km), Cochin (200 km), Kottayam (114 km), and Madurai (140 km).

By rail : The nearest railhead is Kottayam on the Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram line.

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